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The Word Game: The ontology of an undefinable object

@inproceedings{Aarseth2015TheWG,
  title={The Word Game: The ontology of an undefinable object},
  author={Espen Aarseth and Gordon Calleja},
  booktitle={FDG},
  year={2015}
}
In this paper we address the problem of defining games formally, following Wittgenstein's dictum that games cannot be defined adequately as a formal category. Several influential attempts at definitions will be evaluated and shown to be inadequate. As an alternative, we propose a descriptive model of the definable supercategory that games belong to, cybermedia, that is pragmatic, open, and capable of meeting the needs of the diverse, intensely interdisciplinary field of game studies for a… 
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